Lift-Off for Innovative New Online Music StoreWritten by Hawksbill Music
Downloading music from internet is fast becoming one of world's biggest growth industries. A student is now trying to tap into market by setting up a website for independent musicians to sell their songs on an international stage.
Hawksbillmusic.com, creation of Joseph Lavington, an 18-year-old student from England, is open to all independent musicians - local, national and international. Internet surfers are able to download and listen to songs up to three times for no charge. If they like track, they have to buy it to hear it again and artist receives half of every sale.
Joseph, from city of Bath, England, said, "There has been a lot of talk of musicians being ripped off by downloads. So many albums and songs have been leaked on to web and downloaded by fans. The musician's rights are ignored, and he or she loses a lot of money. It discourages record labels from investing in new talent."
Take Beautiful Landscape and Nature PhotosWritten by Kelly Paal
We’ve all been there. Spent a lot of money to go to someplace we’ve never been before. We’ve taken photos and brought them home expecting family and friends to ooh and aah over shots we’ve taken. You open envelope and take out prints and somehow landscapes and nature shots that looked so beautiful there look flat, dull, and you don’t remember seeing that couple in corner of your shot when you snapped shutter. First thing that you must know is that to get really great landscape and nature shots you really need an SLR with appropriate film for job, but these tips will help you even if you are using a point and shoot. 1. Appropriate film. I use 100, 200, and 400 speed maximum. Film brand is a matter of personal taste. I use 100 and 200 when I know that it’s going to be bright out and I use 400 if I think that I’m going to capture wildlife or if I’m deep in forest. 2. Natural light. I try to avoid using flash. If I do use flash I only use my fill flash. Whenever you use flash you rob scene of most of it’s natural charm. Think of it how many times did you take a shot because light was just to pretty. 3. The right lens. A slight wide angle lens in very valuable for landscapes and a slightly telephoto comes in handy for tight shots of beautiful flowers. I personally have a favorite lens 30mm-70mm that is a staple for me and I use it ninety percent of time. Now that technical stuff is out of way. 4. Decide what it is EXACTLY that you are trying to capture on film and crop accordingly. Not cropping enough is one of biggest mistakes amateur photographers make. Great thing about landscapes is that they don’t move. So to learn take a few shots cropping closer each time.